Gar­daí are look­ing to hon­our youth

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Seán O’Riordan

Gar­daí are look­ing to hon­our young peo­ple who have self­lessly worked for their com­mu­ni­ties or wor­thy causes so they can high­light their achieve­ments.

Adults are be­ing urged to nom­i­nate any­body who fits the bill, if they are be­tween the ages of 14 and 19 on De­cem­ber 31 this year for the Cork North Garda Di­vi­sion’s Youth Achieve­ment Awards.

The awards, which were launched re­cently in Fer­moy, are spon­sored by Su­per­mac’s, which has a num­ber of out­lets in the re­gion.

In­spec­tor Michael Cor­bett said win­ning such an award would be very ben­e­fi­cial on a young per­son’s CV.

He said that gar­daí would be dis­tribut­ing nom­i­na­tion forms to sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions and vis­it­ing sec­ondary schools and youth clubs in the re­gion to en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion ahead of the awards pre­sen­ta­tion night which will be held at the Charleville Park Ho­tel on Novem­ber 23.

In­spec­tor Cor­bett said it was un­clear yet how many awards would be given out, but ex­pected there would be a num­ber.

He said this would be de­pen­dent on the num­ber and cal­i­bre of the ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived.

He pointed out that nom­i­na­tions will not only be ac­cepted for in­di­vid­u­als but also for groups.

The nom­i­nees must re­side in the Cork North Garda Di­vi­sion, which is one of the big­gest in the coun­try.

It stretches from Meelin in the north-west down to Youghal bridge and from Mitchel­stown to Water­grasshill.

In pre­vi­ous years young peo­ple from the Glan­mire area were nom­i­nated for awards.

How­ever, it is no longer in the Cork North Garda Di­vi­sion di­vi­sion af­ter be­ing trans­ferred into the Cork City Garda Di­vi­sion.

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms are now avail­able through ev­ery garda sta­tion in the di­vi­sion and any­body with queries about them can con­tact Garda Ju­ve­nile Li­ai­son Of­fi­cers of Com­mu­nity Gar­daí in Fer­moy, Mal­low, Charleville, Mitchel­stown, Mi­dle­ton, Youghal, Cobh or Kan­turk garda sta­tions.

The awards will recog­nise achieve­ments up to and in­clud­ing 2017.

The will be judged by an in­de­pen­dent panel rep­re­sent­ing com­mu­ni­ties in the re­gion and In­spec­tor Cor­bett said the award win­ner will be no­ti­fied by Oc­to­ber 27.

Any­one over the age of 18, in­clud­ing fam­ily mem­bers, can make a nom­i­na­tion.

“The Gar­dai are very com­mit­ted to the awards scheme and the im­por­tance of recog­nis­ing the good work done by young peo­ple,” In­spec­tor Cor­bett said.

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